Mercy Hospital Fort Smith and Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas in Rogers were among 10 Mercy hospitals and only 855 hospitals nationally awarded an A from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.
The designation recognizes Mercy’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. Only one other hospital in Arkansas received the A grade.
The Safety Grade assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm among patients in their care. Those scores were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit patient safety advocate.
Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas President Eric Pianalto said The Leapfrog Group gives patients and their families a quick read on a hospital’s safety record, plus more comprehensive information they can study in-depth.
“Patient safety is our greatest priority and this latest acknowledgement from The Leapfrog Group confirms that our team is working together to achieve excellence in care,” Pianalto said.
Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith, points to the hospital’s recognition from other organizations as proof that patients can be confident in the care they will receive.
“The fact that Mercy Hospital Fort Smith continues to receive an A grade and also is highly rated by Medicare shows the extraordinary effort that our physicians and co-workers put forth to ensure our patients receive not only quality care but also compassionate care,” Gehrig said.
Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade recognizes hospitals that focus on advancing patient safety, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“This ranking provides an important resource for patients and a benchmark for hospitals to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” she said. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent. Results are free to the public.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 44,000 co-workers and 2,100 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast.